Company history

Vision and innovation – leading us into the future


SOMIC is founded in Vogtareuth in Upper Bavaria, initially producing special machines, transport systems and soon thereafter packaging machines.


4 years later, SOMIC moves into its first own company building in Wasserburg am Inn. Case erectors and insertion packers are designed and manufactured, which developed the basis of the SOMIC core business.


The first complete packaging lines are developed, initially with a focus on the cheese industry. But the portfolio soon expands to include a variety of other sectors.


SOMIC now specialises exclusively in machines developed for the end-of-line packaging process, starting with tea, coffee, chocolate, snacks and pet food. We continuously expand the range of processed products.


The new, forward-looking company headquarters are established in Amerang. Servo/IPC technology is integrated into SOMIC systems. 100 employees generate sales of approximately €10 million.


We proudly received the Bavaria’s Best 50 award. Thanks to our customer-friendly attitude, innovative strength and uncompromising qualitative thinking, we hold a top position in our market segment.


SOMIC sets standards with its mechatronic machine platform, the 424. Functional units and software-based technologies form the foundation. Higher performance, greater flexibility and simpler operability are outstanding characteristics of this entirely new, forward-looking machine generation.


40 years of SOMIC. The SOMIC group grows to more than 200 employees. In Chicago, SOMIC America Inc. is founded. Our product family is growing as well – the latest development, SOMIC 232, specifically designed for small packages and sales units, promises higher performance in a smaller space. With its major customers, SOMIC advances as a global player.


Following the retirement of company founder Manfred Bonetsmüller to an advisory role, Mr. Patrick Bonetsmüller will take over the management of the company in the future. He is assisted by Mr Ralf Kettner as second managing director, as well as the two authorised signatories, Dr Gerhard Huber as technical manager and Mr Bernhard Wild as head of materials management.


After an extremely short construction period of just 14 months, SOMIC has moved into the new 7000 m² main building, where all of our technical have space to conduct their valuable work.


SOMIC contributes its individual areas of expertise in a targeted fashion to create premium products for the global market. With the additional know-how of SomiCon GmbH, the SOMIC Group is now also a one-stop shop for intelligent transport and product handling systems.


Standard cardboard packaging in the smallest footprint and at an affordable price - these are the key features of the SOMIC ReadyPack! With this compact carton packaging machine, SOMIC offers the perfect entry into automated packaging for pre-packed food, pet food, health care and other products.


With the takeover of the FeinmechanikZentrum Schmidbauer in Haag i. Obb., SOMIC not only gains a highly specialized service provider covering the entire range from mechanical pre-development to production, but also 35 highly qualified employees. Through synergy effects, SOMIC significantly improves value creation in general and sustainability in parts production.


The management at the Amerang headquarters. From left Dr Gerhard Huber, Patrick Bonetsmüller, Bernhard Wild.


Somic America becomes SOMIC Packaging, Inc. Peter Fox is appointed CEO.


The new SOMIC 434 machine generation was developed in only 2 years. With the new SOMIC carton packaging machine, a wide variety of packaging tasks can be easily implemented. At the same time, the new machine generation offers more flexibility, highly efficient format changeovers and improved working conditions thanks to superior ergonomics and optimal use of space.


In addition to the new SOMIC 434 machine generation, a new and forward-looking collecting and grouping system has also been developed. The new SOMIC CORAS system is based on planar technology and thus enables even more flexibility and efficiency in product sorting and grouping in the smallest possible area.


SOMIC expands its global presence and opens the SOMIC Packaging Asia Pacific Co, Ltd. subsidiary in Bangkok, Thailand, in December 2023. With a team of experts from Sales, After Sales and Engineering, the new hub in Asia will be a competent point of contact for all end-of-line packaging tasks in various sectors throughout the APAC region.